The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

06 June 2014

EO 417 drives economic independence for all PWDs

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order 417, directing government agencies to implement wide-reaching economic independence programs for persons with disabilities.



The long-anticipated implementing rules and regulations calls for:

(1) the establishment of local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) team composed of four departments -- budget, local government, civil service and national defense. The Implementation Rules and Regulations (IRR) mention about persons with disabilities (section 7.0- 7.3).

(2) The economic independence for persons with disabilities; directing National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to allocate funds to ensure the implementation of EO 417 and its IRR.

The IRR solidifies inclusive development as part of the national policy agenda.

At least one percent (1%) of all positions in all national government agencies shall be reserved for persons with disabilities (based on RA 10524);
All national government agencies, state universities, government and control corporations and government financial institutions, including LGUs, shall avail of at least ten percent (10%) of their procurements from persons with disabilities;
The accessibility law (BP344) pursuant to section 477 of Republic Act (RA) 7160 (local government code) shall be strictly implemented; and
Government financial institutions shall provide adequate capital and financial support to micro-businesses of persons with disabilities.

Please download the IRR of EO 417 here.

For ASP and other autism advocates, the need to develop the capabilities of adults with autism now becomes a priority. The law protects PWAs and does not cover family members who serve as primary caregivers.

1 comments:

Emer Rojas said...

Thank you for expounding on EO417. The NAPC PWD council focuses on two main agenda which are ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT and POLITICAL / PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. We intend to alleviate poverty by helping on policy formulation and implementation of programs that would provide sustainable livelihood for PWDs. We also enjoin PWDs to engage in the political process as well as apply for government positions including the PDAO office in order to be part of governance down to the local level. Let us all help uplift the lives of PWDs through empowerment. ~ Emer Rojas, Sector Representative - National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

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